UPDATED. Starting in 2017, adult/family dental plans for individuals aged 19 and older will be available directly through Washington Healthplanfinder. As a result, we’ll no longer offer a dental plan to individual and family enrollees who purchase medical coverage through the exchange. Even though members will need to take action to secure their 2017 dental coverage, this change should provide a better experience and may save members some money.
What does this mean for our individual and family exchange members? Those who have purchased their Group Health coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder—and have selected adult/family dental coverage directly through Group Health—will need to take action to retain their dental coverage.
Through the exchange there will be five adult/family dental plans offered in 2017, including one plan through Delta Dental of Washington. To select one of these plans, members will need to log on to their Washington Healthplanfinder account and actively select a dental plan. Washington Healthplanfinder will promote these new plans and offer training to producers who go through the annual training.
Our current direct dental plan, specific to exchange members only, will end on Dec. 31, 2016. Our exchange members (approximately 1,000 subscribers) who are on our current dental plan will receive a letter from Group Health in early November about this change. See the letter to members.
If you have questions about the new adult/family dental plan options through Washington Healthplanfinder please visit wahealthplanfinder.org.
When typing “HSA” on your computer, does it drive you nuts when it automatically changes to “HAS”? Here’s a tip: When you hit “Ctrl” + “Z” on your keyboard, it’ll switch right back to “HSA.”
– From Rick Henshaw, director, Individual and Family and Medicare Advantage